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  2. The MXT is a beast and we will continue making them because they are so reliable. A VX3 would be an option for the wife - it has the power of a V3i with the ease of use of much simpler machines... and the wireless headphones work with it as well. But I wouldn't blame you for going with the Z-Link, it looks like a solid product.
  3. Yup.... Don't need to repeat the MX Sport fiasco. Don't worry though I'm still with ya...... but like I said I might have to cross lines just long enough for that Z-Lynk .... My wife would really like the wireless, she is very envious of that feature with the V3i but she doesn't want a V... says it is too complicated for her and she loves the MXT.... Most of the time she beats me in the coins... but I smoke her when it comes to the jewelry..... Of course she gets her pick anyway....
  4. I think a good pair of boots would be a better investment.
  5. http://daymak.com/corporate/beast-brochure.pdf does anybody actually own one of these electric offroad scooters, supposedly street legal, and have a review? Hard to believe they can go 15 miles on a 20 amp battery or less ,and offroad to boot. Minimum price is 2300 and goes up to 4500,almost affordable, and no noise. How would you carry a detector and other gear I wonder?
  6. My thoughts are always on what is the driving force behind the settings, in the case of the GPZ its ZVT and major advances in the electronics allowing us to now tap into the full noise floor potential of the new tech due to being able to use Audio Smoothing on OFF. The rest is just down to local conditions and your individual ability to "pick out" a deep target signal from the general audio delivery of the detector. I always err on the conservative side because I am always working in highly variable mineralised soils so am forced to use Difficult. And what most people don't realise is Difficult is already insanely hot from a gain perspective because that is the nature of the timing and what is required under the hood to bring up a target responses when Difficult mode is used. If you listen to the threshold of Difficult compared to Normal you can hear the extra Gain associated with the them, it takes about 10 minutes for your brain to adjust to the extra variable-ness of the threshold (slightly jittery threshold indicative of elevated Gain levels) when going from Difficult to Normal and back again. JP
  7. Top analogy, have found with the Z the volume control is not quite like a volume control on the audio side of things such as with a radio receiver. It seems to do more then amplify audio, to illustrate this if you adjust it much over 8 to compensate for bad hearing, you introduce a lot of internal noises and in particular you increase the Zs potential to pick up EMI. But if you add a low noise booster to the WM12 with a volume control and keep the Z set at 8 or lower, you can have a high but stable signal volume, and get a nice even quiet threshold. Now I`m probably really complicating this subject but I just feel that volume control turned much above 8 takes away more then it gives wheras increasing the sensitivity is more a ground based control, in quiet ground you can have the sensitivity up in Normal and really gain, but switch from difficult to normal first. Heh!!!! this is my take from my use and the posts in this thread really enforce settings are an individual thing. I just know the magic of the Z is it can be very easy to use and very productive such as in default or you can crank it and gain a bit more, but that cranking can complicate things. Tis up to the individual to decide if there is a bit more to be gained or are you actually losing? Crikey, I am suffering from Cabin Fever aka Mango Madness, gotta get the coil out over some ground but this rain is so welcome.
  8. I'm a bit late to the thread, but I think of the metal detector like a automobile radio receiver. Say we are driving around and listening to a specific station, the radio station is transmitting at a set power output which doesn't change, but as you drive around there are parts of the environment that affect how you receive that radio signal. Luckily we are given settings that allow us to adjust to these changing environments. If we drive behind a big hill that radio signal is going to be weaker so we want to bump up the sensitivity so we can hear it better, this is the level of amplification the radio applies to the signal from the antenna (not be to be confused with volume). This is like if we are looking for deep nuggets or to hear faint signals. But if there is a pirate radio station nearby on the same channel (aka noise) then bumping the sensitivity up is going to amplify the pirate radio station just as much as the station we are listening to. This is where audio smoothing (or the stabilizer) comes in. Sometimes as you drive behind trees, buildings, under power lines, etc you will hear another station come in over the one you are listening to. Audio smoothing will take those quick "zings" out. But if you up the sensitivity, then you again raise those "zings" above the level of the smoothing. The timings are a bit more complex, there isn't really a simple analogy. But you know how AM radio can be received halfway around the world and FM often dissapears 100 miles from town? Radio waves interact differently with matter as the frequency and characteristic of the wave changes. This is the idea behind timings (very simply put). Ok, so far these are all adjustments happening inside the radio, ie - between the antenna and the radio receiver electionics. But we also have a big volume knob on the radio too, and that adjusts the audio signal the radio produces. It's only audio though, adjusting volume settings won't give us any new information that wasn't already in the radio, it won't make a faint station clearer, it only makes the speakers louder or quieter. So one last thing, if I'm driving through the mountains in Wyoming and give my radio settings to someone on the suburbs of LA, they probably won't even hear their radio station at all. This is why sharing settings is really only helpful in the same or similar locations. Dunno if I made it more complex or not, but I find that when thinking about how all the detector settings work together it's a helpful analogy. Good luck with the machine, hope you get some nice ones!
  9. Species - not sure, haven't seen this type of fish before! Currently on the line but we will land em. Learned a good lesson last time - if you reel the fish in too fast you can break the line. Better to play them out and net em when they are DONE.
  10. Thank you Steve. Yes I have to pinch myself some days, even when I am at work with back drops like that. You must come for a visit then. Cheers JW :)
  11. Sure is a sensitive subject, but has been about since day one when detectors started to be used to find gold. Do you run a noisy machine or a quiet one? Now I`ve run around with everything cranked up until the 19", so I`ll probably be proved to be wrong here again but I think overall ZVT is better set with as little as possible internal noises, especially keep volume down <8,(rather go with a external low noise booster). This is something persistent young fella (JP) taught this deaf stubborn old fella, although of course us oldies know young fellas are normally as wrong as. But one thing for sure the user that believes he/she left nothing behind is only kidding themselves
  12. Any word on what species of fish or how well cooked they are?
  13. Sorry for the injury but those are great videos. Can bedrock blasters be used in Arizona? They work great taking off the rotten bedrock surface and working cracks. Also one of the best tools that I have found for breaking into cracks is a crack jack.
  14. Here are a few more of the meteorites I've found within the Franconia strewn field. This is a "puzzle" meteorite; several fragments that fit together. They were all excavated from the same dig hole: This beautiful individual stone was hidden in plain sight among some basalt boulders: This nifty little chondrite was also nestled between basalt boulders: This small individual was found while revisiting an area in the small end of the strewn field, an area that a friend and I first detected for gold nuggets in 1999. We didn't find any gold, but each of us did find a handful of small "hot rocks" that we tossed aside. Had we known then what stony meteorites were, we may have been the first to discover the strewn field:
  15. This sounds so familiar. Oh wait I have seen about 100 of these in my NORTHERN CALIFORNIA area. Oops. I think the two guys here that do this are simply bad people. I've met both on numerous occasions and I got nothing for ether of them. I really don't like it when going to a claim with friends and they've had it for decades and there's a location notice. I noticed that these people never looked up the claim and they don't have the right area of where they claim to have claimed. It's horrible just horrible. These painted red little posts and a pile of rocks or some in concrete just got waisted. Time and money that could have been spent legally and legitimately to reach their goal. I'm just sick!
  16. Such a beautiful country!
  17. Sadly I missed out on that one. Exactly what I'm looking for thanks
  18. There was a 'Mint' one on FM Classifieds. SOLD to you perhaps? Well done and let us know how you go with it?
  19. Hi there Matt, Thank you mate for your kind words. I know that in the States a lot of you wont be able to get out due to being in the middle of your winter & because of snow & ice conditions. So glad you get a bit of relief from my adventures & finds. We are in the middle of our summer here down under. Well supposed to be. Woke to this up in the hills this morning after a crap weather day yesterday & last night. This pic taken from the house I am building at the moment. Cheers & good luck out there JW
  20. Wow! Such a sensitive subject. We can't seem to get enough of it for fear we missed something. None of us will get it all but with a good grid pattern and a couple of passes it may be time to go to another patch. The last pass after most of the trash has been removed I'll push the sensitivity up if I'm still getting some pieces. If you wander search a patch it could last for a longer time on all settings. (The search for the missed grid gold!) Mitchel
  21. I look for our OZ native pines, what is called copper grass (short coppery coloured flower grass), red anthills amongst the white ones or vice-versa. Or just any distinct vegetation change line that stands out like dog b.... when you look at from a high ridge. Basically any change in vegetation is worth a look especially when it follows the local fault line direction but not always as often the enriched leader runs at 90deg to main fault line, in which case you`ll snag it (or hopefully will) as you follow the vegetation change line.
  22. I guess it would depend on the area. Where I am I look for digger pine, western holy, poison oak,and some what I call buck brush or coyote brush. I have never lost out on these with the right types of rock and soil color.
  23. I used to go mining with Jimbo in the video, over in Indiana, once in Illinois down by Peoria too, hate them steep hill climbs,dunno how they do it and at 6,000 feet altitude to boot... -Tom
  24. Sweet finds and always love to read your posts. Thanks again for sharing. For those of us that can't make it out that much your post makes me feel as if I was there with you!
  25. Tv, Congrads on your purchase of Racer2. sounds like you got a good deal. I mostly use the 10x5" dd coil for gold on Mak2. I find subgrain pieces with that coil easily. Although next time I go detecting at our small gold hill, I am going to finally get dirty , the little roond coil. it will probably be a bit stronger on subgrain gold. I generally detect in All metal mode. on Mak2 I run the sens. between 71-75. after 75 the threshold sound starts to get choppy. You might have to run sens. at lower level if the mineralization is too strong. but I doubt it. depends on if your using headphones to decide what level to adjust the threshold to. I usually run mine at 55-56. Also it depends on the location, but most places I run the isat adjustment with whatever setting keeps the threshold from blanking out. you can still easily find subgrain pieces at a higher isat if needed. The little Round coil might be the best choice for working small gold. Although as mentioned the 10" coil will also. I haven't used the disc modes much, but disc 2 seems to be the strongest sensitivity. I would start with the sensitivity at atleast 80 and work your way up in strength if you can. I like to run my Id filter at 0-5 range. it seems to hit harder and louder on tiny gold when it is lowered. Although it can increase ground noise if too low. you might experiment with the notch capabilities to knock off iron if you have too much junk to detect thru. Racer2 does have a beach mode which I haven't used, but probably would help in black sand rich areas if the other modes are too noisy. Also I can hit on the little subgrain gold in deep mode, but you have to swing extremely slow. I included a couple of pictures of a piece of gold that is subgrain weight and Racer2 can easily find. Good luck!
  26. Why get a detector at all? With these, you can just see into the ground!
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